Edison student removed from school over Snapchat message

Edison student removed from school over Snapchat message

CHAMPAIGN — A student who made threats against Edison Middle School will not be allowed to attend school Wednesday after Champaign police and school administrators were made aware of the threat.

According to police, the student sent a private message to a friend group on Snapchat that, although intended as a joke, was "threatening in nature." District officials said via social media that the student was "removed" from the school and moved to the Youth Assessment Center for "further evaluation." A police investigation is still ongoing.

The message mentioned a threat during Wednesday's national student walkout, which organizers say is intended to be a peaceful protest that begins at 10 a.m. and lasts 17 minutes — one minute for each victim of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

"Given the heightened awareness surrounding school safety, any threat we receive will be taken seriously, whether large or small, direct or indirect, intentional or sent as a joke," Unit 4 said in a Facebook post:

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